I have made a conscious decision to remove the chat box or the abaility to chat from every table I play at. Whilst the human race is generally a social species I feel that the chat can distract me or worse put me on tilt.
I am highly competitive and when I am on the sports field I will hate the opposition as they are trying to stop me from winning. I feel that this is the same with playing poker, and why do I have to be nice to someone who is trying to take money off of me. However what I am more concerned about is going on tilt. I have seen it and felt it before when I have the right odds
, make the right call and hit and all you get in the chat box is "fish" "donk" "muppet" and this gets my blood pressur boiling - this being what I had done eveything right. Some people can be nice, some rude and some downright nasty - but when you have done everything right and your opponent has two outs and rivers you it can be hard to take. Knowing that you have done everything right helps, but in the past I know that I have gone on tilt because of some snug player who just lucked out on me who then decides to abuse me further.
I think that maybe I should just continue with ingoring the chat but on occasions, like this morning, when I go all in with AJ and come up again AA and river a set of Jacks, I did want to say sorry because the poker gods have smiled upon me. However i should just carry on, learn my lesson and remember that the next nine times that it happens I am not going to be so lucky.